Andrea Fassbender


Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

7700 Sandholdt Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039

Phone: (831) 775-1747

Fax: (831) 775-1620


Research program

My research is focused on understanding marine biogeochemical cycling and the ocean’s role in global climate through the carbon cycle. Key priorities for the Marine Biogeochemistry Group include (1) developing accurate, scalable methods to quantify the biological carbon pump from sensors on autonomous platforms and satellites, (2) characterizing the ocean carbon sink sensitivity to natural and anthropogenic carbon cycle interactions, with an emphasis on western boundary current regions, (3) creating new tools for measuring long-term changes in ocean carbon chemistry, and (4) exploring the impacts of ocean acidification on coastal and open-ocean ecosystems. Our projects range from regional to global in scale and we work to incorporate a variety of observational tools (e.g., remote and in situ sensing and synthesis products) and model output to understand ocean carbon cycle processes.

Curriculum vitae


Twitter: @aj_fassbender

Marine Biogeochemistry Lab Page

The Marine Biogeochemistry Group investigates how carbon is cycled within the upper ocean by marine organisms, how this influences the exchange of carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and ocean, and how rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may impact the marine carbon cycle, now and in the future.

Learn more about our research here.

Student and postdoctoral opportunities

Undergraduate Students: Check out the MBARI Summer Internship Program

Graduate Students & Postdocs: If you are interested in pursuing graduate or postdoctoral research with Dr. Fassbender, please contact her directly by email. For more information about graduate programs at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), where Dr. Fassbender accepts students, please visit the UCSC website.